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12-09-2012, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ToursLepantoVienna View Post
Yup. Attended a Leafs game in Vancouver in 1999, IIRC. I'd say GM Place was 2-3,000 short of capacity.

No franchise, except Toronto, and maybe the Rangers, can avoid attendance woes given the right circumstances.
For reasons already stated above, I don't think it's fair to use statistics from a decade ago and apply them to this situation. Vancouver has changed rapidly over the last 10 years alone. The Canucks have had time to grow generations of fans that wasn't there in the 80's. They now have the longest sellout streak in the NHL and 4th in all North American sports. Not to mention the Canucks have missed the playoffs a couple of times during that streak and they have never won a cup.
While Toronto is a sure bet to always sell out and is in a league of it's own, I do think people are underestimating Vancouver as a hockey market. Really all of the Canadian markets would be fine if they struggled for a years with the exception of Ottawa.

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